George E. Swanson


Longtime Craig resident George E. Swanson died Nov. 21, 2006, in Wyoming. He was 89.
George was born Oct. 31, 1917, in Butte, Neb., to Axel and Bertha Swanson. At age three, he and his family, including his two sisters, traveled through Utah in a covered wagon his father built. They got as far as Thomas, Utah, where they sold the wagon, the team and most of the contents for $170 and bought railroad tickets to Los Angeles.
George grew up in Los Angeles, which is where he was exposed to gospel. He became a Christian early in his life, and through his love of reading and study, he became a lifelong devoted disciple. When asked about his conversion, he stated, "That at some point in my life the light came on in my head, and I have never doubted since."
As a result of his conversion, he spent more than 50 years serving Christ through the Yampa Valley Gideons. He also served on his local churches and other Christian ministries.
He graduated from John Marshall High School and went to work at Warner Brothers Studio. In 1932, his family bought property in Craig, and they traveled back and forth between Los Angeles and Craig for several years.
George married Laura Forsberg on May 27, 1939, at a picnic for a youth group held in Hamilton. For a short period, he and Laura farmed near Hamilton. In 1947, they moved to Craig, and George went to work at the Moffat County State Bank. Over the next 30 years he was promoted through the ranks until he reached vice president and cashier. He retired in 1982 after spending more than 30 years working at the bank. For a number of years after his retirement, the bank continued to call on him to perform special assignments.
During his youth, George became an Eagle Scout and devoted many years to serving young boys as a scout master.
George loved to fish during his early adult life, and he later loved to play golf.
George and Laura had three daughters, Ruth Young, Joyce Van Dorn and Dorothy Jackson.
George is survived by his bride of 67 years, Laura; daughters, Ruth Young and her husband, Dick, Joyce VanDorn and her husband, Pete, and Dorothy Jackson; sisters, Martha Beaver and Linnea Oakes and her husband, Ken; brother, Bob Swanson and his wife, Joanna; grandchildren, Rod and his wife, Julie Young, Rachel and her husband, Jeff Halley, Kari and her husband, Carl Nelson, Doug and his wife, Janelle Van Dorn, Stephen Van Dorn, Marsha and her husband, Dave Burke; great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Anna Young, Laura and Rebecca Halley, Franklin and Carlson Nelson, Alesha and Breanna Van Dorn; cousin, Dr. Ed Johnson; and numerous nieces and
Memorial donations may be made to the Gideon's International in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.